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perception of direction of sounds

susan moreland smorelan at MAGNUS.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU
Fri Sep 1 09:17:00 EST 1995

>To: Robert Tapper <rjt at siva.bris.ac.uk>

>>bjparker at aol.com (BJPARKER) wrote:
>>>What you need is a psychoacoustician... psychacoustics or the perception
>>>of sound is a wonderful area of study. Also, you are correct that there is
>>>a large volumn of information on this topic.  Can you narrow your question
>>>down a bit?
>>Well I'm really only interested in the underlying acoustic information..
>>that the brain makes use of, not in the way it processes it. Replies..
>>from others and also replies to a similar question I posted in..
>>alt.sci.physics.acoustics have given me a great deal of information..
>>which I could crudely summarise, at the level of detail I require, as:
>>"both intensity differences and phase differences are used, the..
>>former for high frequency sounds, the latter for low frequencies"
>>This is clearly enough to distinguish left from right, but I remain..
>>puzzled by the apparent ability of the brain to determine the location..
>>of a sound source located on the mirror-symmetry plane of the head..
>>( I expect you people have some other name for this ). 
>i can't picture what plane you're talking about, but am very curious. could
you explain it, please?

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